January 2017 Newsletter
In this issue: Fresno Filmworks film “Being 17,” La Chandeleur event, Tombola, Lecture by Ghassane Habib, New Winter Classes at AFF

Bonne Année à tous les membres de l’Alliance Française de Fresno!

Happy New Year to all the members of the Alliance Française of Fresno!

Fresno Filmworks January Film

The Alliance Française de Fresno is proud to sponsor Fresno Filmworks January film:  Being 17. The Alliance Française de Fresno hopes you will join us for at one of two showings on Friday, January 13, 2017: 5:30 or 8:30 pm, at The Tower Theater, 815 E. Olive Ave., Fresno.  Please visit their website for more information: http://fresnofilmworks.org/

2017 Tombola

What is Tombola? It’s a raffle, of course and is the biggest fundraiser of the year for your Alliance Française de Fresno!

As in previous years, we will have numerous exciting prizes to give out to winners, with the biggest prize of all being $500 cash!

Proceeds will support our various programs, lectures, office lease and language scholarships.

Drawing will be held on January 21st, 2017 at our annual Chandeleur event, this year at

Piazza del Pane, 8043 N. Cedar, Fresno CA  93720.

Please consider generously supporting your Alliance Française de Fresno by purchasing some tickets, or perhaps a book of 10 tickets (or more!), or consider selling 5 – 10 books to your family, friends, business partners,

ie. your butcher, your baker, your candlestick maker!

(You get the idea!)

Donation: 1 ticket: $5;  5 for $20;  10 for $40

Need not be present to win.  Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of drawing.

Please contact the office at (559) 227-9850 or Lori Fleenor at (559) 824-1345 if you would like to have some books of tickets mailed to you.  You may also purchase raffle tickets via our website!

Thank you for supporting your L’Alliance Française de Fresno!

Here are just some of the great prizes being raffled this year:

Grand Prize - $500 Cash !

2 Season Tickets – Phillip Lorenz Keyboard Concert Series

10 Week Group Language Session of French Language Classes at the AFF

2 Tickets – Fresno’s Grand Opera Production at Saroyan Theater

2 Tickets – Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

Gift Basket – 2 bottles Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Sierra Nut House Gift Basket

$100 Gift Certificate – Vineyard Restaurant, Madera, CA

$50 Gift Certificate – La Bicyclette Restaurant, Carmel, CA

$50 Gift Certificate – Sur La Table

$50 Gift Certificate – La Boulangerie, Fresno, CA

5 Tickets to Fresno Filmworks

5 Tickets to Fresno Filmworks

Bottle of Grand Marnier or Courvoisier Cognac

Vince Camuto Parfum Gift Set

And Much More!

Our Annual Chandeleur E

Join us at our traditional Chandeleur Dinner and gather with Franocophiles and Francophones. We will celebrate winter with great crepes and wine. We will have our annual Tombola (raffle - tickets can be purchased here) and silent auction. There will French music and lots of fun!  An event you will want to attend!

Buy your tickets here:

Members: $48.00

Non-members: $55.00

Not a member? We would love for you to join AFF. Our members enjoy discounts at all our events.

Interested in brushing up on your French? Here is our Winter schedule of classes:

Schedule for the WINTER SESSION:

JANUARY 16-MARCH 30, 2017

Get more information and enroll online at www.affresno.org

Or CALL 559.227.9850


Beginning French 1-2                        WED, 2:00-4:00                       Kojaartnian

Beginning French 1                           THUS, 6:00-8:00                      Habib

Beginning French 2                           TUES, 5:30-7:30                      Tshimika

Beginning French 4                           WED, 5:30-7:30                        Lumeya

Intermediate 4                                     MON, 5:30-7:30                       Le Bihan

Advanced French                               SAT, 9:30-11:30                        Duvet

Private Classes available                 TBD                                             Staff

Beginning Conversation                   TBD                                            KoJaartnian

Intermediate Conversation                TBD                                            Le Bihan



Intermediate-                                        SAT 11:30-12:30                     Tshimika


Children Class                                     THUS 5:30-6:30                     Tshimika

Additional children classes upon request        TBD                         Tshimika

All classes will be held at our office at 4747 N. First Street #103

Fresno, CA 93726
On March 19, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Ghassane Habib will give a lecture on the “French Influence in Africa.”  Mr. Habib was born in the Ivory Coast and will present a PowerPoint on this very timely and important topic.  Free to all members. This event will be held at our local office.